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This cartoon was banned in July of 1987 by the Harlan County Journal in Alma, Nebraska. 

The reason given was that the joke was "offensive to farmers."  This same joke minus the cartoon was published in the Omaha World Herald earlier that same year.  The Omaha World Herald published this joke as typical of the humor expressed by Nebraska farmers about themselves.

The censorship was upheld in spite of the pleas of the local businessman who had paid for the space in the newspaper for this cartoon as advertising.

The Journal, in fact, had insisted that this comic strip be labeled ADVERTISEMENT after the first strip was published in April, 1987.

In an unofficial poll by the artist, a lot of farmers were found that laughed at the joke and pointed out folks they knew that were like that.  Not one expressed any negative reaction and all stated that the joke was not offensive.



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